Born in Padova a city in the north east of Italy in January 1977 Guido Bottazzo is a visual visionary artist who signs his original drawings and paintings under the name of Bottazzo.
Raised in a village of farms in the Venetian countryfields he could spend his childood years getting to know his grandfather Giovanni Molon who was an inventor of machineries for agriculture, and the uncle Flaviano Bottazzo a local painter.
This is where the passion for drawing tractors and big motors settled and started to grow in Guido’s imagination.
After having attended a science college in 1996, Guido moved to Venice where he would attend the architecture university IUAV. In 2003 he graduated with honor grades under the guidance of Professor Luciano Semerani with a visionary thesis about a futurable clean energy production park inspired by the architecture of Sir Norman Foster.
Two years later in 2005 Guido decides to follow his instinct to become a car designer moving to Pasadena in California to study transportation design attending Art Center College of Design. Here is where he got in touch with the art of professors like Scott Robertson, Richard Pietruska and John Velazko who became form him an inspiration and a revelation.
In 2007 Guido got back to Italy and together with designer Francesco Barbi started a design consulting company under the name of BarbiBottazzo and began to cooperate with leading brands active in the world of industrial and product design.
THE ART OF BOTTAZZO
“After many years of drawing for the industry, I have realized how often designing for clients and corporates can be soulless due to the logic of cost efficiency, and massive production that often don’t care of the beautiful and the emotional work that is behind the conception of a drawing.
As a designer I have often felt like I was drawing products that often were just fulfilling the prescriptions of marketing, feeding consumerism. I have seen so many drawings created with hours of heart and passion that have not made it to production, and this experience has grown into me a new awareness. A desire grew in me to free my drawings from the logic of production and business.
So one day I asked to industrial design to become Art, and this is when in 2011 I created my first artwork that I called Chainsea. Chainsea is a visionary image where a Chainsaw I had designed was just setting on a lake pretending to be a luxury yacht. It really looked like that.
Other arts folllowed this, and they all were an experimentation of proportion and decontextualization of products of industrial design.
The following works like The Venice crops and The Unexpected Kiss went in the same direction. It was a few months later painting The House on Tree that I realized I was feeling the urgency of creating more of my own art.
The House on Tree made it finalist to the prestigious Arte
Laguna Price in Venice in 2013”.
“The years that followed set for me the beginning of a journey where I started to draw just for the pleasure of doing it, embracing that pure enjoyment that could be found in the years of childhood, when we all do things with simplicity and innocence with a pure purpose of playing, knowing, and discovering.
I asked my drawing skills to design what my eyes of child were witnessing.
This has been for me the beginning of a collection of arts that has become my Art of today.
Watching my artwork is a journey where the viewer gets transported in a dimension where the rational doesn’t exist and we all are gifted with the pure and uncontaminated eyes of the child.
My arts tell stories of a peaceful world where we observe the decline of the heavy metal structures representing the human chains, sometimes, cultural, sometimes political and sometimes phisical. These chains fall and free that purity and excitement that has been the spark of us being children.”
STYLE AND TECHNIQUE
“I like to describe my artwork as Industrial Art, because it is the result of answering the question what if industrial design became Art?
I have always been expeerimenting with traditional medias such as pencils, china markers, acrilic paint and more advanced techniques such as ink print. Today my artworks are a combination of digital print and acrilic paint that mix with clearcoat and pastels on Policotton canvases.
Every art of mine is created as a single piece or eventually in a limited series of 3 all with different sizes, in order to be faithful to the definition of industrial, which is a strong statement in my art.”
Most of the recent work goes under this collection. Each work is a representation of ordinary life stories telling the reconciliation with the dreamy years of us being children, where all was possible fun and peaceful.